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Flipping The Switch: The Thunder's offense was its usual potent self i…The Thunder's offense was its usual potent self in a 106-84 romp of the Wolves on Wednesday. But Oklahoma City's improved defense also made a difference, writes Rob Mahoney.Upvote Share TweetTony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108-105 victory Wednesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Hornets brush off Rockets, take third straightRoger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally the New Orleans Hornets to an 88-79 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetJeff Green scored 14 points, rookie Jared Sullinger added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics recovered from a dreadful third quarter with a big rally to start the fourth and held off the slumping Phoenix Suns 87-79.Upvote Share Tweet
Durant's 26 help OKC bounce back after Wizards lossDurant's 26 help OKC bounce back after Wizards lossUpvote Share Tweet
Raptors cruise to hand Sixers fifth straight defeatRaptors cruise to hand Sixers fifth straight defeatUpvote Share TweetMark Cuban has been fined many, many times since he bought the Dallas Mavericks in 2000. In all but a very few cases (and maybe none at all, now that I think about it), he has been punished for commenting on what he perceives to be poor officiating. He'…Upvote Share TweetCarmelo Anthony was suspended one game by the NBA on Wednesday for confronting Kevin Garnett after the New York Knicks' loss to Boston on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Bulls G Hinrich out with elbow injurynba.com Updated Jan 9, 2013Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will not play Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a right elbow injury.Upvote Share TweetIf the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to chase down their first playoff berth since 2004, they're going to have to do most of the work without Kevin Love.Upvote Share TweetA look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Grantland. After news came down Wednes…Upvote Share TweetPeople with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday that investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings.Upvote Share Tweet
That Kings-To-Seattle Deal Might Not Be So Finalized After Alldeadspin.com Updated Jan 9, 2013Basketball's return to Seattle seems to have hit an unexpected snag at the 11th hour. Here's Adrian Wojnarowski describing just how close to done the sale of the Sacramento Kings was a few hours ago: More »Upvote Share TweetTeam doctors have instructed Knicks coach Mike Woodson to cut Amar'e Stoudemire's minutes after the player experienced soreness in his surgically repaired left knee in Monday's loss to Boston.Upvote Share TweetPlaying for the blue team in a Washington Wizards scrimmage, John Wall stripped the ball from a player on the white team, outran a defender down the right sideline and went high with his left hand for a dunk.Upvote Share Tweet
Finally, a new Shaquille O’Neal video game for your phones and mobile devices (VIDEO)If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it's that for the last 18-plus years, we have patiently awaited a follow-up to "Shaq Fu," the 1994 video game that told the story of Shaquille O'Neal wandering into a kung-fu dojo on his way to…Upvote Share Tweet
Section 15: Chicken Caesar Saladnytimes.com Updated Jan 9, 2013An easy commute and some good food made Barclays Center a winner to a couple of Long Islanders. Now, if the Nets can hire the right coach, the couple says, the team can be the arena's equal.Upvote Share Tweet
The 5 Teammates & Coaches Who Owe Steve Nash The MostSteve Nash became just the fifth player to record 10,000 assists last night, even as his disappointing Lakers team got manhandled by Houston’s backcourt of James Harden and Jeremy Lin. But Nash has always been all about the team and making other guys beUpvote Share Tweet
Money Well Spent?: Hindsight is a very powerful thing. With the half…Hindsight is a very powerful thing. With the halfway point of the season fast approaching, Rob Mahoney and Ben Golliver look back at the best and worst signings of the offseason.Upvote Share Tweet
Away from Headlines, Boston's Bradley Makes an Impressionnytimes.com Updated Jan 9, 2013Avery Bradley of the Celtics was a question mark as a rookie, but his defense has made him a major force.Upvote Share TweetThe Pacers, who will host the Knicks on Thursday night, have kept winning without their leading scorer, Danny Granger, thanks to defense and a favorable schedule.Upvote Share TweetWhen the Los Angeles Lakers decided to fire Mike Brown, the name at the top of most fans' coaching wish lists was Phil Jackson. This makes sense, as Jackson led the Lakers to five NBA championships between 1999 and 2011. When the Brooklyn Nets decided t…Upvote Share TweetPretty harsh, Houston Rockets scorekeepers. The tape clearly shows that after Steve Nash passed off his pit-stunk towel to Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers forward went right up with it and connected. No dribbling, no stutter-steps, no hesitati…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: The Knicks Are Interested In Signing Kenyon MartinThe summer’s running joke was that New York was turning into the old timers’ playground. Jason Kidd. Kurt Thomas. Pablo Prigioni. When they brought Rasheed Wallace out of retirement, the Internet nearly exploded. But now they’re 23-11, Carmelo AnthoUpvote Share Tweet
Rockets mascot Clutch slams cake in face of ‘Laker fan’ during big Houston win (VIDEO)As I watched the Houston Rockets cut through the Los Angeles Lakers like a chainsaw through a stuffed animal during the third quarter of Tuesday night's matchup, I found myself wondering: If I was a Laker fan, how would I describe this? Like, if I had t…Upvote Share Tweet
A Jermaine O’Neal shot got stuck on the rim, somehow (VIDEO)NBA players are really good at figuring out how to put a basketball through a hoop. Over years, they've built on their abilities to do so, coming up with new ways to shoot with spin, to kiss the ball off the backboard and to make sure that they get a fr…Upvote Share Tweet
Why Nikola Vucevic Could Be the Next Marc Gasolgrantland.com Updated Jan 9, 2013It's been nearly five years since the Memphis Grizzlies sent Pau Gasol to the L.A. Lakers in what was one of the more vilified deals in NBA history. I...Upvote Share Tweet
Hornets Stun Rockets, 88-79Jan 9Hornets snap Rockets' winning streak.
Spurs Hold Off Lakers, 108-105Jan 9Lakers lose fifth straight.
Dirk Nowitzki Talks Mavericks' BasketballJan 9Dirk Nowitzki looks at the Mavs' season, his injury and future with the team.
Celtics Top Struggling SunsJan 9Jeff Green had 14 points and a highlight reel dunk in the Celtics' 87-79 win.
Ian Thomsen: A perfect fit in Utah, Millsap may find himself elsewhere soo…Jan 9Unrestricted free agency is on the way for Paul Millsap. Its reward has been a long time coming.
Sports Guy Time Machine: Baseball HOF RevisitedJan 9Here's a column I wrote about the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2007 for ESPN The Magazine, back when I still cared who made it. Six years later, I...